Uncle Sam’s Nato broadside should be a call to arms for the whole of Europe

Once upon a time, there were three little pigs.  They lived not in a magical kingdom but a dangerous world where anyone building their house out of straw was liable to end up in a bacon butty.  But straw was cheap and two of the pigs wanted to spend their fortune on creature comforts. Pig … Continue reading Uncle Sam’s Nato broadside should be a call to arms for the whole of Europe

Is Donald Trump good for the Jews?

Yakov Blotnik, world-weary custodian of the synagogue in Philip Roth’s short story ‘The Conversion of the Jews’, has a simple outlook on life: “Things were either good-for-the-Jews or no-good-for-the-Jews”.  The Blotnik Test confronts us as the new administration in Washington begins to take shape. We’ve just seen the first hints of what to expect at today’s joint press … Continue reading Is Donald Trump good for the Jews?

Businesses are crying out for help but the SNP is refusing to listen

'Small businesses sit at the heart of local economies and with the right support they will flourish… a wealthier Scotland with lower local tax and our small businesses freed from the burden of business rates and able to grow.' Where did this bold paean to free enterprise and limited government spring from? The leader column … Continue reading Businesses are crying out for help but the SNP is refusing to listen

John Bercow must be saved from the paroxysms of Parliament’s angry men

John Bercow is a curious little poppet.  He’s come a long way since his spotty days of undergraduate hangem’n’floggery in the Federation of Conservative Students, an organisation banned by Norman Tebbit for being too right-wing. Today he’s more likely to be found welcoming one acronym or another to Parliament or accosting the word ‘progressive’ and … Continue reading John Bercow must be saved from the paroxysms of Parliament’s angry men

Sorry, First Minister, you don’t hold all the cards on indyref2

That’s it then, lads. Run down the Union Jack and up with the white flag. Faced with the dread prospect of another independence referendum, a gloom is settling over Unionist Scotland. The nationalists were only just subdued last time around; now they’re back and, armed with Brexit, certain to win. This year, Last Night of … Continue reading Sorry, First Minister, you don’t hold all the cards on indyref2

It’s time for real liberals (not ones with lazy protest slogans) to stand up

I won’t be taking up a placard against Donald Trump.  The last time I marched was against the war in Iraq in 2003. At the end, I apologised to a police officer for the litter we’d left behind.  And while I understand why they're taking to the streets to vent their frustration, I can't help but detect … Continue reading It’s time for real liberals (not ones with lazy protest slogans) to stand up